Manuel Caballer Gutierrez

Manuel Caballer Gutierrez

Lecturer

  • Department: Computer Science Math and Environmental Science
  • Office: 
    C-202
  • Office Hours: 
    by appointment

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Professor Caballer joined the Department of Computer Science, Math & Science at The American University of Paris in September 2018. He obtained his PhD in 2007, with a thesis on marine mollusk taxonomy and systematics. He has a broad vision on the patterns of distribution of marine biodiversity, gained through his participation in numerous projects and surveys in: Antarctica, Costa Rica, Cuba, French Guadeloupe, Guyana, Macaronesian Islands, Martinique, Portugal, Spain, Venezuela, etc. He has collaborated with, or worked in many research institutions, including: the Oceanology Institute of Cuba (OI), the INbio in Costa Rica, the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC), National Maritime Experimental University of the Caribbean and the Oriente University in Venezuela, the Natural History Museum in Tenerife, and the National Natural History Museum (MNHN) in Paris.

He has trained biology student and taught classes on biodiversity, in both the field and the classroom, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, including teenagers (“Scientific Youth” Program, Venezuela). He has experience in Natural History Collections curation and digitization, and also as an editor for scientific journals and biodiversity databases (i.e. World Register of Marine Species - WoRMS). 

Working in developing countries he acquired skills in international cooperation, getting to act as an adviser on environmental issues to some governments and several coastal communities. 

Additionally, Professor Caballer gained expertise in environmental management and stewardship after his work at the OAG Public Foundation, created by mandate of the European Union as an environmental compensation measure for the construction, near by a SACs of the Nature 2000 network, of a large marine infrastructure in the Canary Islands.

His current research interests are: marine biodiversity exploration, the use of new technologies as tools to accelerate the catalogue of life, marine mollusks taxonomy and systematics, untangling how speciation is driven by environmental conditions and the different kinds of barriers to gene flow, and the study of fluorescent pigments and other natural products with medical applications associated to marine sea slugs.



Education/Degrees

• PhD in marine biodiversity, invertebrate taxonomy and systematics, University of Cantabria, Spain
• Advance Studies Certificate, University of Cantabria, Spain
• BA degree in Biology, University of Oviedo, Spain

Publications

SCI PUBLICATIONS SINCE 2010
  • Caballer, M. & Ortea, J. 2018. A rare new species of Corambe Bergh, 1869 (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Nudibranchia) from the Caribbean Sea, with a review of the taxonomical history of the Corambidae Bergh, 1871. Marine Biodiversity. Published: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12526-018-0919-0

  • Almón Pazos, B., Pérez Dieste, B. & Caballer, M. 2018. Expect the unexpected: a new large species of Marionia (Heterobranchia, Nudibranchia, Tritoniidae) from Western Europe. Invertebrate Systematics, 32(4): 892-908.

  • Moro, L., Ortea, J. & Caballer, M. 2017. The study case of Pleurobranchus lowei Watson, 1987 (Gastropoda: Nudipleura: Pleurobranchidae), indeed a species of Haliotinella (Gastropoda: Naticidae) from the Eastern Atlantic. Journal of Conchology, 42 (6): 401-405.

  • Mehrotra, R., Caballer, M. & Chavanich, S. 2017. On the genus Armina in Thailand (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Nudibranchia). Marine Biodiversity, 47: 549-559. DOI 10.1007/s12526-017-0691-6

  • Caballer, M., Almón Pazos, B. & Pérez Dieste, B. 2016. The sea slug genus Limacia Müller, 1781 (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Heterobranchia) in Europe. Cahiers de Biologie Marine 57(1): 35-42.

  • Caballer, M., Ortea, J., Rivero, N., Carias, G., Malaquias, M. A. E. & Narciso, S. 2015. The opisthobranch gastropods (Mollusca: Heterobranchia) from Venezuela: an annotated and illustrated inventory of species. Zootaxa 4032 (2): 201-256.

  • Caballer, M. & Ortea, J. 2015. First species of Spiniphiline Gosliner, 1988 (Gastropoda, Cephalaspidea) in the Atlantic with notes on its systematic position. Journal of Molluscan Studies 82(1): 122-128. doi:10.1093/mollus/eyv041

  • Caballer, M. & Ortea, J. 2015. A new shallow water species of the genus Philine Ascanius, 1772 (Mollusca: Opisthobranchia: Philinidae) from Venezuela. Journal of Conchology 42(1): 33-40.

  • Caballer, M. & Ortea, J. 2014. A new sibling species of Notobryon Odhner, 1936 (Gastropoda, Nudibranchia) from the Caribbean sea. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom doi:10.1017/S0025315414000605

  • Caballer, M., Ortea, J. & Redfern, C. 2014. On the genus Rissoella Gray, 1847 (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Heterobranchia) in the Bahamas. American Malacological Bulletin 32(1): 104-121.

  • Valdés, Á., J. Alexander, F. Crocetta, M.B. Yokeş, S. Giacobbe, D. Poursanidis, A. Zenetos, J.L. Cervera, M. Caballer, B.S. Galil & P.J. Schembri. 2013. The origin and dispersal pathway of the spotted sea share Aplysia dactylomela (Mollusca: Opisthobranchia) in the Mediterranean Sea. Aquatic Invasions 8: 427-433.

  • Caballer, M. & Ortea, J. 2013. Spurilla dakariensis Pruvot-Fol, 1953 (Mollusca: Opisthobranchia: Aeolidoidea), a valid species of Berghia Trinchese, 1877 from Senegal, west Africa. Journal of Conchology, 41(4): 1-5.

  • Caballer, M., Espinosa, J., Ortea, J. Y Narciso, S. 2013. Nuevas especies de la familia Marginellidae (Mollusca: Neogastropoda: Muricoidea) de Venezuela. Revista de Biología Marina y Oceanografía, 48(1): 115-129.

  • Caballer, M., Ortea, J. & Narciso, S. 2011. Description of two new species of Rissoella Gray, 1847 (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Heterobranchia) from Venezuela, with a key to the Caribbean species known for the genus. ZooKeys 115: 1-18. Doi: 10.3897/zookeys.115.1163

  • Beatriz Álvarez, Brynelly Bastidas & Manuel Caballer. 2011. Nuevos datos de Gibberula conejoensis McCleery, 2008 (Mollusca: Gasteropoda: Cystiscidae) en Venezuela. Hidrobiologica 21 (1): 95-98.

  • Joany Mariño, Edixon Farfan & Manuel Caballer. 2011. Primer registro de Dondice parguerensis (Mollusca: Favorinidae) para Venezuela. Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad 82 (2): 708-712. 

  • José Espinosa, Jesús Ortea & Manuel Caballer. 2011. Especies nuevas del género Gibberula (Mollusca: Cystiscidae) de Cuba y Venezuela. Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad 82 (1): 85-91.

  • Caballer, M., Ortea, J. & Canteras, J.C. 2010. Recovering the name Eubranchus capellinii (Trinchese, 1879) (Mollusca: Opisthobranchia: Nudibranchia). Journal of Conchology: 40 (2): 169-177.



OTHER PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS SINCE 2010​​​​​​
  • Ortea, J., Moro, L. & Caballer, M. 2016. Redescription of Gibberula hernandezi Contreras and García-Talavera, 1986 (Neogastropoda: Cystiscidae) a singular species from the Canary Islands. Vieraea, XXIV: 15-24.

  • Ortea, J., Moro, J. & Caballer, M. 2016. Nuevos datos sobre el género Hermaea Lovén, 1844 (Mollusca: Sacoglossa): redescripcion de Hermaea boucheti y descripción de una nueva especie de Lanzarote. Revista de la Academia Canaria de Ciencias. Biología, XXVIII: 53-64.

  • Caballer, M. & Buske, Y. 2016. First record of the Bahamian mollusc Spurilla dupontae (Mollusca: Aeolidiidae) in the Caribbean subprovince. Marine Biodiversity Records 9: 20. doi: 10.1186/s41200-016-0021-x
  • Caballer, M. & Ortea, J. 2015. Finishing to untangling the taxonomic knot: new species of the genus Bulbaeolidia Carmona, Pola, Gosliner & Cervera, 2013 (Mollusca: Aeolidiidae) from the Caribbean and Galapagos. Revista de la Academia Canaria de Ciencias. Biología, XXVII: 113-123.
  • Caballer, M. & Ortea, J. 2015. New data on the genus Hermaea (Mollusca: Sacoglossa) in Europe, with the description of a new species from Spain. Revista de la Academia Canaria de Ciencias. Biología, XXVII: 125-136.
  • Ortea, J., Moro, L. & Caballer, M. 2014. Notes in Opisthobranchia (Mollusca, Gastropoda) 8. On the interpretation of the Code and the synonymies of Spurilla onubensis Carmona, Lei, Pola, Gosliner, Valdés & Cervera, 2014 and Berghia dakariensis Pruvot-Fol, 1953 (Mollusca: Nudibranchia: Aeolidida). Revista de la Academia Canaria de Ciencias XXVI: 293-297.
  • Ortea, J., Caballer, M., Moro, L. & Espinosa, J. 2014. What the shell tells in Aglajidae: a new genus for Aglaja felis (Opisthobranchia: Cephalaspidea). Revista de la Academia Canaria de Ciencias XXVI: 83-119.
  • Ortea, J., Moro, L., Magaña, J., Espinosa, J. & Caballer, M. 2014. Notas en Opisthobranchia 9: Restablecimiento de Peltodoris nayarita Ortea & Llera, 1981 como especie válida. Revista de la Academia Canaria de Ciencias XXVI: 299-308.
  • Ortea, J., Moro, L., Bacallado, J.J. & Caballer, M. 2014. Música y naturaleza: descripción de dos especies nuevas de babosas marinas (Mollusca: Gastropoda) colectadas entre dos aguas, Algeciras y Cancún, nombradas en honor de Paco de Lucía y su obra. Revista de la Academia Canaria de Ciencias XXVI: 281-292.
  • Ortea, J., Moro, L. & Caballer, M. 2014. Contribución al estudio de la Familia Pleurobranchidae Gray, 1827 (Mollusca: Opisthobranchia) en la Macaronesia y las islas Galápagos. Vieraea 42: 117-148.
  • Ortea, J., Moro, L., Bacallado, J. J. & Caballer, M. 2014. Nuevas especies y nuevas citas de babosas marinas (Mollusca: Opistobranchia) en las islas Canarias y en otros archipiélagos de la Macaronesia. Vieraea 42: 47-77.
  • Ortea, J., Moro, L., Bacallado, J.J. & Caballer, M. 2013. Sucinto análisis histórico sobre el estudio e investigación de las babosas marinas (Moluscos Opistobranquios y Sacoglosos) de Canarias y su entorno. Revista de la Academia Canaria de Ciencias. Biología, XXV: 221-235.
  • Ortea, J., Espinosa, J., Buske, Y. & Caballer, M. 2013. Additions to the inventory of the sea slugs (opisthobranchia and sacoglossa) from Guadeloupe (Lesser Antilles, Caribbean Sea). Revista de la Academia Canaria de Ciencias. Biología, XXV: 163-194.
  • Caballer, M. & Ortea, J. 2013. The genus Hermaea Lovén, 1844 (Mollusca: Sacoglossa) in the Caribbean, with the description of a new species from Cuba. Revista de la Academia Canaria de Ciencias. Biología, XXV: 67-78.
  • Ortea, J., Espinosa, J., Caballer, M. & Buske, Y. 2012. Initial inventory of the seaslugs (Opisthobranchia and Sacoglossa) from the expedition KARUBENTHOS, held in may 2012 in Guadeloupe (Lesser Antilles, Caribbean Sea). Revista de la Academia Canaria de Ciencias. Biología, XXIV: 153-182.
  • Ortea, J., Espinosa, J., Moro, L., Caballer, M. & Bacallado, J.J. 2012. Notas en opisthobranchia (Mollusca, Gastropoda) 5: sobre el uso de la concha interna como carácter sistemático de primer orden en el inventario de las especies atlánticas de la familia Aglajidae (Mollusca: Cephalaspidea). Revista de la Academia Canaria de Ciencias. Biología, XXIV: 183-195.
  • Ortea, J., Moro, L. & Caballer, M. 2012. Notas en Opistobranchia (Mollusca, Gastropoda) 2. Sobre la validez de la especie Berthella africana (Pruvot-Fol, 1953) (Notaspidea, Pleurobranchidae) y la inutilidad del nombre Berthella canariensis Cervera, Gosliner, Garcia-Gomez y Ortea, 2000. Vieraea, 40: 77-82.
  • Caballer, M. & Ortea, J. 2012. Description of a new species of Hypselodoris (Gastropoda: Nudibranchia: Chromodorididae) from Venezuela. Revista de la Academia Canaria de Ciencias, XXIII (3): 59-92.
  • Caballer, M., Ortea, J., Espinosa, J., Moro, L. & Bacallado, J.J. 2012. Catálogo del material tipo de los nuevos taxones descritos en Avicennia, Revista de Biodiversidad Tropical (1993-2008). Revista de la Academia Canaria de Ciencias, XXIII (3): 59-92.
  • Pérez-Doinis, G., Ortea, J., Espinosa, J., Moro, L., Caballer, M. & Martín, J. 2012. Nota sobre la supuesta presencia en las islas Canarias de Marginella marocana Locard, 1897 bajo el nombre Marginella gustavoi Pérez-Dionis, Ortea y Espinosa, 2009 (Mollusca: Prosobranchia: Neogastropoda). Revista de la Academia Canaria de Ciencias, XXIII (3): 45-48.
  • Ortea, J., Caballer, M., Moro, L. & Espinosa, J. 2012. Notas en opisthobranchia (Mollusca, Gastropoda) I. Sobre la validez de la especie Posterobranchus orbignyanus Rochebrune, 1881 (Cephalaspidea, Aglajidae). Revista de la Academia Canaria de Ciencias, XXIII (3): 39-44.
  • Ortea, J., Moro, L., Caballer, M. & Bacallado, J.J. 2011. Chromodoris luteorosea (Rapp, 1827) y Chromodoris luteopunctata (Gantes, 1962) dos especies de Chromodorididae (Mollusca: Nudibranchia) citadas erróneamente en las islas Canarias. Vieraea, 39: 161-166.
  • Ortea, J., Moro, L., Caballer, M. & Espinosa, J. 2011. Aportaciones al inventario de la familia Plakobranchidae Gray, 1840 (Mollusca: Sacoglossa) en el mar Caribe. Redescripción de Elysia purchoni Thompson, 1977 y descripción de nuevas especies. Revista de la Academia Canaria de Ciencias, XXII (3):199-213.
BOOKS AND CHAPTERS IN BOOKS 
  • Luz E. Sánchez-Arias, Jon P. Rodriguez, Manuel Caballer, Marianne V. Asmussen & Gonzalo Medina. 2011. Diagnostic of health status in Mangrove Ecosystems. In: Columbus, F. (Ed.).Tidal Marshes: Development, Ecological Significance and Environmental Impacts. Nova Science Publishers. ISBN: 978-1-60876-168-5

  • Ocaña, O., Moro, L., Ortea, J., Espinosa, J. & Caballer, M. 2010. Biodiversidad marina: Anémonas. In: Camacho Aguilera, J., Baena González, G., Leyva Pagán, G. (Eds.). Fortalecimiento de la gestión del desarrollo integral y sostenible de la Península de Guanahacabibes, Cuba. Instituto Cubano del Libro. Editorial Científico Técnica. La Habana, Cuba. Pp 320-330. ISBN 978-959-05-0588-1

  • Bacallado, J. J., Espinosa, J., Ortea, J., Márquez, L., Moro, L. Borrego, O. & Caballer, M. 2009. La Península de Guanahacabibes y su Parque Nacional (Cuba): biodiversidad marina y terrestre. In: Beltrán Tejera, E., J. Afonso-Carrillo, A. García Gallo & O. Rodríguez Delgado (Eds.): Homenaje al Profesor Dr. Wolfredo Wildpret de la Torre. Canary Research Institute. La Laguna (Tenerife. CanaryIslands. Spain). Monography LXXVIII. Pp. 229-244. ISBN: 978-84-88366-82-5.
  • Espinosa, J., Ortea, J., Caballer, M. & Moro, L. 2006. Criaturas del paisaje sumergido de Cuba. Avicennia, suppl. 5: 1-95.
  • Moro, L., Ortea, J., Bacallado, J.J., Caballer, M. & Acevedo, I. Phylum Mollusca: Anaspidea, Cephalaspidea, Gymnosomata, Notaspidea, Nudibranchia, Sacoglossa y Thecosomata. In: Moro, L., J.L. Martín, M.J. Garrido & I. Izquierdo (eds.). 2003. Lista de especies Marinas de Canarias (Algas, Hongos, Plantas y Animales) 2003. Consejería de Política Territorial y Medio Ambiente del Gobierno de Canarias. 93-98.

Conferences & Lectures

CONFERENCES SINCE 2010
  • IX Symposium on the Iberian Atlantic Margin. Coimbra, Portugal, 4-7 September 2018. Pr. "Bruno Almón, Jacinto Pérez & Manuel Caballer. Expect the unexpected: a New Large Species of Marionia (Heterobranchia, Nudibranchia, Tritoniidae) from Western Europe"
  • 84rd meeting of the American Malacological Society. Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel, Honolulu, Oahu Island, Hawaii, USA, 19-23 June 2018. Pr. 1 "Manuel Caballer Gutiérrez, Marie Hennion, Pierre Lozouet, Virginie Héros, Eva Perez Pimparé, Marc Pignal & Philippe Bouchet. RECOLNAT program: synthesis of 5 years of digitization of the molluscan collections at MNHN". Pr. 2 "Manuel Caballer Gutierrez. Marginellidae & Cystiscidae from South Madagascar". Pr. 3 "Manuel Caballer Gutierrez, Lee Ann Galindo Perez & Gabriela Carias Tucker. A new light in integrative taxonomy: the use of UV and deep blue light in species delimitation".
  • 83rd meeting of the American Malacological Society. Clayton Hall Conference Center at the Laird Campus of the University of Delaware in Newark, Newark, Delaware, USA, 17-21 July 2017. Pr. 1 "Manuel Caballer Gutiérrez, Marie Hennion, Pierre Lozouet, Virginie Héros, Eva Perez Pimparé, Marc Pignal & Philippe Bouchet. RECOLNAT Program: Digitization of mollusc collections at MNHN". Pr. 2 "Manuel Caballer & Jesus Ortea. Sea slugs from French Guiana and the distinctiveness of the Guyanan Ecoregion".
  • Mollusk Digitization Workshop (NSF iDigBio). Clayton Hall Conference Center at the Laird Campus of the University of Delaware in Newark, Newark, Delaware, USA, 15-17 July 2017. Pr. "Manuel Caballer Gutiérrez, Marie Hennion, Pierre Lozouet, Virginie Héros, Eva Perez Pimparé, Marc Pignal & Philippe Bouchet. RECOLNAT Program: Digitization of mollusc collections at MNHN".
  • I Venezuelan Congress of Malacology. Instituto Oceanográfico de Venezuela – UDO, complejo cultural “Luis Manuela Peñalver”, Cumana, Edo. Sucre. November 14-16, 2016. Pr. "Arrieche, D., Quintero, A., Salazar, F., Villamizar, J.E., Ugarte, A., Fraile, S., Michelangeli, F., Rivero, N., Caballer, M. & Montañés, J. Caracterización química y actividad antimicrobiana de Crispatene, polipropionato aislado del molusco marino Elysia crispata".
  • IV CYTVEN, Venezuelan Congress of Science, Technology and Innovation. Ministry of Popular Power for University Education, Science and Technology. Teatro Teresa Carreño, Caracas, Venezuela. November 2015. Pr. "Arrieche Polanco, D., Quintero, A., Ugarte, A., Salazar, F., Caballer, M. & Rivero, N. Análisis químico preliminar del extracto etanolico del molusco marino Elysia crispata (Lechuga de mar)".
  • III CYTVEN, Venezuelan Congress of Science, Technology and Innovation. Ministry of Popular Power for University Education, Science and Technology. Teatro Teresa Carreño. Caracas, Venezuela. November 27-29, 2014. Pr. "Arrieche, D., Quintero, A., Ugarte, A., Salazar, F., Villamizar, J.E., Caballer, M. & Rivero, N. Compuestos bioactivos marinos aislados de moluscos opistobranquios de Venezuela".
  • XIII Faculty of Sciences Academic Conference. Zulia University. Zulia. Venezuela. October 29-31, 2014. Pr. "Arrieche, D., Quintero, A., Ugarte, A., Salazar, F., Villamizar, J.E., Rivero, N. & Caballer, M. Caracterización química preliminar de Aglajne-1 polipropionato aislado del extracto etanolico del molusco marino Bulla occidentalis".
  • X Venezuelan Congress of Ecology. Mérida, Venezuela. November 18-23, 2013. Pr. "Rivero Paredes, N.C., Carias, G. & Caballer, M. Nudibranquios (Mollusca: Opistobranchia) en Chichiriviche de la Costa, estado Vargas, Venezuela".
  • IV Venezuelan Congress of Biological Diversity. Bolivarian University of Venezuela. Paraguana Peninsule. Falcón. Venezuela. June 23-28, 2013. Pr. "Silva, S.J., Alfonso, J.A., Azocar, J.A., Caballer, M. & González, L. Colección de organismos marinos del Centro de Oceanología y Estudios Antárticos del Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas".
  • IX Venezuelan Congress of Ecology. Margarita Island. Nueva Esparta. Venezuela. November 21-25, 2011. Pr. 1 "Narciso, S. & Caballer, M. Biodiversidad de la malacofauna marina en el Refugio de Fauna Silvestre Isla de Aves". Pr. 2 "Sánchez, R., Lárez, L. & Caballer, M. Catálogo ilustrado de los moluscos marinos del sistema lagunar La Reina-Buche-Carenero, Municipio Brión, Miranda, Venezuela". Pr. 3 "Álvarez-Barco, J., Rodriguez, J., Rodríguez, C., Narciso, S., Caballer, M & Bitter, R. Moluscos asociados al arrecife coralino de Isla Larga, Parque Nacional San Esteban, Carabobo, Venezuela".
  • I Venezuelan Congress of Biological Diversity. Maracay. Aragua. Venezuela. May 5-8, 2010. Pr. "Caballer, M., Narciso, S., Galindo, L. & Rivero, N. Diversidad de moluscos en Isla de Aves: el uso de grupos focales como indicadores de biodiversidad marina para la gestión".
PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS
  • “Venezuela y la Ciencia Antártica” (Venezuela and the Antarctic Science). Exhibited at Natural History Museum, Caracas, 2009. Venezuelan Antarctic Program and Norwegian Embassy
  • “Criaturas del Paisaje Sumergido de Cuba” (Underwater Creatures from Cuba). Exhibited at Natural History Museum. Havana and Pinar del Río, 2005-2006. Winner of the National Award for Environmental Education by the Cuban Society of Zoology. Cuba

Affiliations

  • American Malacological Society
  • Sociedad Española de Malacología
  • Società Italiana di Malacologia

Curriculum Vitae